Menopause Mission - FAQ’s
There are several blood tests that can be done to determine if you are in menopause. Your best sign are the symptoms you are experiencing, but if you want confirmation, bloodwork can also be done. When a woman enters menopause and is no longer ovulating regularly, 2 hormones that come from the pituitary gland, begin to be produced in very high amounts. Follicle stimulating hormone, or FSH is a hormone that stimulates the growth and maturation of the ovarian follicle, or “egg”. Luteinizing hormone (LH), is necessary for the ovulation of the follicle and aids in the development of the corpus lutea. Elevated levels of FSH and LH are a strong indicator that a woman is in menopause. Additionally, low levels of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone will also confirm that a woman is in menopause.